Opinion

All in a days work, police save lives – again

Editorials

Only William Gossett knows with certainty what he would have done had police in Monaca, Pa., not arrested him outside a movie theater.His father told reporters he was relieved when he learned Gossett, 21, had been arrested. And a prosecutor said there was a "real possibility" Gossett, of ...

No easy answers for climate change problem

Letters to the Editor

I became concerned about climate change in about 2006. Being both an engineer and an economist by education, I dug into the climate science enough to see the path we're on. But, I saw no process by which seven billion people, who don't trust each other, half living a subsistence existence, can ...

Marietta Food pantry thanks its volunteers

Letters to the Editor

The Marietta Community Food Pantry, housed in the First Congregational Church on Front Street, is the area's oldest food pantry. We have been providing food to thousands of residents annually, for over 40 consecutive years. The pantry was started by a small group of compassionate and ...

Trump is untested, crazy and un-credentialed

Letters to the Editor

"Google Sociopath," said Trump biographer Tony Schwartz (The Art of The Deal) and the list of key qualities will be a "perfect description of Donald Trump." Here's what I got: Apparently normal but lacking normal empathy; cold, manipulative, incapable of self criticism, extremely sensitive to ...

State should deal harshly with abusers in power

Editorials

Ohioans are justifiably outraged when they learn someone in a position of trust has violated it by victimizing others, often children. But a state Supreme Court ruling this week may be cause for secret celebrations by some of the villains.In a 5-2 decision, the court tossed out the conviction ...

Beware the energy shell game

Editorials

Scorching July weather may have many in the Ohio Valley deciding between cranking up the air conditioning and keeping electricity bills within reason, but it turns out consumers in West Virginia and Ohio are running at about the middle of the pack, in terms of nationwide energy costs.Financial ...

County claim about sewage unfounded

Letters to the Editor

Marietta city has been ready and able for years to treat an sanitary sewer waste from Devola.Marietta has been accepting Devola sewage since 2012.Washington County Commissioner Ron Feather's comment that the city couldn't handle additional Devola sewage for several years is completely without ...

Political cartoon in bad taste, crossed a line

Letters to the Editor

99.999 % of all police officers work very hard and put their lives on the line to protect us and to follow the law.Yet some idiot decides to try to be funny and draws what was called a Political cartoon and worse yet, The Marietta Times published it.Why did The Times publish the cartoon? It was ...

Depression, anxiety issues for many

Local Columns

Mental illness is a growing problem. There are 43.8 million people who experience some kind of mental illness in a given year. The most common types of mental illnesses are major depression, and anxiety disorders. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 16 million people are ...

Education is changing, and that’s a good thing

Local Columns

Change is a scary word. For most, the difficulty with change is due to the fear of the unknown. When individuals know change is on the forefront they find themselves asking questions of "what will the change look like" and "how will the change impact me?" Those questions are natural for all ...

In zeal to prosecute, the case was lost

Editorials

On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Md., police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. He was placed into the back of a police van, where he fell into a coma. He died in a hospital seven days later, of injuries to his spinal cord.Some in the ...

EPA, Clinton are killing mining jobs

Letters to the Editor

You know, we have retired coal miners in Washington and surrounding counties. Coal miner's jobs are going to be a thing of the past, and their pension and health care is in jeopardy! It is a fact that Obama and his "EPA" regulations on coal have eliminated thousands of coal miner's and related ...

Restored theater and its music offers respite

Letters to the Editor

On the heels of the Nice France tragedy and the failed coup in Turkey, the world threatens to erupt into even more, sustained, widespread violence. In the United States, we are reeling from killings of citizens by police officers and the killing of police officers by citizens. But in Marietta ...

Volunteers helped make Marietta Day a success

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank all the ones that worked hard on Marietta Day. This takes a lot of time. It was the hottest day of the year. I would like to thank Tammy Burke for standing over the hot grill on a hot day fixing hot dogs. I think this was their 60th year. Keep putting this on. I had a good ...

Trump the candidate to rejuvenate the economy

Local Columns

A letter writer wrote an editorial in Sunday's Parkersburg News & Sentinel paper and he did not feel that (Donald) Trump convinced him that he is going to improve the economy. It is truly amazing that two people can listen to the same speech and obtain two different impressions. First ...

It’s time to eliminate terrorists

Editorials

Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass Tuesday. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throat.The attack was the most recent in a string of atrocities committed by Islamic terrorists, who seem to be ...

Let’s help heal the planet for future generations

Letters to the Editor

We have all been aware of the effects of our earth's changing climate for a while now. As we witness harsher natural disasters such as the horrendous wildfires in the western states, or the devastating floods in southern West Virginia, along with sobering realizations like rising oceans that ...

Some voters feel there is no good option

Letters to the Editor

Thought from a Donkey:This election will be truly difficult for me. I am against Muslim incursion, yet for proper immigration. I am against abortion, (*sucks all around, but feel someone should always stand for the baby); yet I am against electing someone you legitimately feel could cause a ...

Reading program improving kids’ lives

Editorials

Summer is when many children really struggle with reading.While they may be practicing every day with while at school, they may not be in homes where reading much is a habit. Particularly for those struggling a bit with the skill, the hot-weather months are a time when they can fall even more ...

Positive resources already in place in community

Letters to the Editor

In response to the woman who looks to these pages for positive and encouraging information from other readers, here goes.It will be positive and encouraging when people start actively sacrificing to build their communities up, and stop burning them down, literally and figuratively. We here in ...